We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Central Chapel
William H. “Bill” Meyer passed away peacefully at 4:14 am, just before the break
of dawn on July 17, 2022. He was home, surrounded by his loving family. He
was the son of the late William H. and Alma (Joergler) Meyer; stepmother Ann
(Little) Meyer. He is also predeceased by daughter Mary Catherine (Meyer) Bell
and grandsons Harrison J. Meyer and Charles D. Bickel. He is survived by loving
wife of 70 years, Elizabeth Ann (Irwin) Meyer; children Joseph C. (Maureen)
Meyer, Ann E. (Philip) Bickel, William H. (Deborah) Meyer, III, Theresa A. (Michael)
Eilerman, Patricia S. (Thomas) Brohard; 26 grandchildren, 38 great-
grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Bill led a beautiful faith and family centered life that began with his birth
September 19, 1926. He was born in Columbus, Ohio and lovingly raised, by his
father, his grandparents, and his aunts. He graduated from St. Charles
Preparatory School in 1944. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and
served our country as a Sea Bee during World War II. He survived an intense
attack on his section of the Josiah Snelling merchant ship during the Battle of
Okinawa on May 28, 1945.
He met the love of his life, Elizabeth Ann Irwin, while serving as a youth minister
at Holy Family Catholic Church in Columbus, OH. There, they were wed on
October 18, 1952. It was then that he realized his greatest purpose and joy in life
as a family man first, last, and always. He was led by his faith in his roles as son,
husband, father and friend to many. He demonstrated good will, acceptance,
forgiveness, love and charity; thus, teaching us all, and always with a dose of wit
and wisdom, by the honorable way he lived his life.
He remained active in charitable ministry throughout his life. He was a founding
member of St. Elizabeth Church and served as treasurer on the parish council
for many years. He was a loyal supporter of St. Vincent DePaul Society. Bill was
also a finance officer of Charity Newsies and assisted prison ministry at Orient
State. He made the 4th Columbus Cursillo Men’s Weekend. He is a currently
registered member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Gahanna, where his son,
Joseph Meyer serves as a deacon.
While his Catholic faith nourished his spirit, he nurtured his body by being
physically active throughout his life. He was an avid golfer and in retirement
enjoyed working at Royal American Links. He and Liz were known by all at
Westerville Athletic Club and then the Gahanna YMCA. The weather rarely
deterred their commitment to daily fitness. They enjoyed frequent walks together
around their Collingwood Pointe community and inspired many by their
He was graduate of American Institute of Banking and Graduate School of Real
Estate Finance, through Franklin University. He retired in 1989, after a 40 year
career with National City Bank (PNC).
For his family, Bill Meyer will forever be the leader of the band. As the song says,
“His blood runs through our fingers and his song is in our souls.” We are just a
living legacy to this great man.
Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St.
Matthew the Apostle Church where the Mass of Christian Burial will be held at
10:30 a.m. Thursday. Burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Friends who wish may contribute to Saint Stephens Community
House, 1500 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43219. The Saint Stephens
Community house strives to strengthen families and create a community of
togetherness and opportunity for the Linden area. A dedicated donation in
William H Meyer’s name may be made directly at https://www.saintstephensch.org/donate/